Reacting to growing racial tension culminating in the tearing down of United States monuments, pro-life former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee asked people to think about society’s reaction if he began tearing down things that offend him – like abortion clinics.
The former Arkansas governor and presidential candidate appeared Wednesday on Fox News to discuss the vandalism and other violence resulting from a white supremacist protest and counter-protest in Charlottesville, Virginia last weekend and the tearing down of memorials across the country in recent days.
“Anarchists go and just tear down the statues [of Confederates and historical figures who were slave owners] because they are impatient with politicians doing it,” Huckabee said. “… that is not acceptable behavior, it is vandalism, it is anarchy, and it would be like me saying ‘I don’t like abortion clinics, so I’m going to go to tear them down because I find them offensive.’”
To be clear, LifeNews.com and the vast majority of pro-life organizations and individuals oppose illegal activity, including vandalism and other forms of violence. Huckabee’s comment was a hypothetical situation, and, later in the interview, he emphasized that he does not condone any illegal acts, either.
“Nobody would justify that, including me,” Huckabee said of tearing down abortion clinics.
The former Republican governor is a pro-life advocate with a strong voting record on protections for unborn babies and moms. Despite believing that the killing of unborn babies is a grave evil, Huckabee and virtually all pro-life advocates believe that people must use legal means to save babies and moms from abortion. Pro-life advocates also work hard to change the laws to protect all human lives again.
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Huck said that the precedent of mobs tearing down things that offend us is troubling. “We are bordering on anarchy,” he said, “having a select group of people tear something down because it offends them personally.” The former governor of a former Confederate state said he “is OK” with Confederate statues being replaced as long as the process goes through public and political debate, but cautioned that the slope is a slippery one.
“Al Sharpton is calling for the destruction of the Jefferson Memorial in Washington. You have a pastor in Chicago asking that Washington Park have that statue there removed because George Washington owned slaves.”
The he asked: “Where does it stop?”